With all the corporate advertising bombarding us every day, it’s easy to lose sight of the fact that the people who own franchise stores are local small-business men and women. They are our neighbors, folks who scraped together enough of their own money to pursue their dream under the national brand name of a familiar convenience store, restaurant or gym.
Together, these small-business owners provide 404,000 jobs for Floridians and generate $35 billion in annual economic activity. The owners have poured their hearts, their souls and their savings into their businesses — yet they have no real protection if the national corporation decides to drop them as a franchise holder. This is wrong, and must be changed.